apprehension; understanding or comprehension; mental grasp: quick on the uptake.
an act or instance of taking up; a lifting: the uptake of fertilizer by machines.
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How to use uptake in a sentence
That’s such a giant amount that we’ll almost certainly need to use a variety of methods to get anywhere close, including planting trees and increasing carbon uptake in agricultural soils.Asbestos could be a powerful weapon against climate change (you read that right) | James Temple | October 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Woodall is exploring asbestos sites because he hopes to find one that might work well for a subsequent field trial to evaluate ways of accelerating carbon uptake.Asbestos could be a powerful weapon against climate change (you read that right) | James Temple | October 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
For now, Scroll has produced barely any revenue for its partners, a slow uptake that has made some media executives question how much to promote it on their sites.Inside Tony Haile’s expedition to (help) save the news business | Steven Perlberg | July 27, 2020 | Digiday
If you had asked me to guess all the ways that a program like that could fail, it would’ve taken me a while to guess that you simply didn’t get parental uptake.
In addition to the pharma manufacturers, and distributors, and advocates, there’s one more institution that played a very large role in the massive uptake of prescription opioids.The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation” (Ep. 402) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 16, 2020 | Freakonomics
But it shows that the Romney team is pretty quick on the uptake.
It is too early to tell, but we are hopeful to see if there is an uptake in sales given this recent exposure.
Those drugs are SSRIs—serotonin uptake inhibitors—and they spin their mood magic by elevating levels of serotonin in the brain.
"Say 'at it is," cried Jess, who was quicker in the uptake than her daughter.A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
And in that look old Fanny, slow in the uptake though she undoubtedly was, read a tremendous piece of news.December Love | Robert Hichens
The radiobiologist then attempts to interpret the accumulated evidence of uptake of radionuclides.Atoms, Nature, and Man | Neal O. Hines
Comparison of the resulting oxygen uptake with glycerol and with glycerol plus catalase is shown in Figure 11.Preservation of Bull Semen at Sub-Zero Temperatures | N. L. VanDemark
He appreciated the fact that the other was, to use an American colloquialism, "quick on the uptake."The Shrieking Pit | Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for uptake
a pipe, shaft, etc, that is used to convey smoke or gases, esp one that connects a furnace to a chimney
mining another term for upcast (def. 2)
taking up or lifting up
the act of accepting or taking up something on offer or available
quick on the uptake informal quick to understand or learn
slow on the uptake informal slow to understand or learn
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Other Idioms and Phrases with uptake
see on the uptake.
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